Circular Economy

Closing the loop for resource-efficient production and waste management.

Circular EconomyGlobal strategies to achieve a truly circular global economy often overlook the contributions of smaller, locally-led enterprises and the need for market-based solutions specific to developing countries and emerging economies. The enterprises that we support at SEED through our Direct Enterprise Support programmes are continuously proving the transformative potential of the low-tech, closed-loop business models of smaller enterprises driven by social, economic and environmental sustainability objectives. Although these small and growing enterprises are leading the way with their closed-loop business models, further support is needed to enable eco-inclusive entrepreneurship to be catalysed for the generation of socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable circular economies.

We invite you to read our perspectives, share your own and optimise the impacts of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship through collaboration, policy advocacy and sustainable financing solutions.

The vast majority of modern manufacturing is premised on the principle of “take, make, and dispose”. In order to preserve valuable natural resources for future generations and conserve biodiversity, active support for a Circular Economy transition is required. Over the years, SEED-supported enterprises have adopted business models premised on resource efficiency and waste management and ensured that valuable resources are not simply discarded but live on in innovative products and services. We showcase and replicate the success of the closed-loop business models of small and growing enterprises by advocating supportive local, national and international policy measures conducive to the success of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship. 

We enable the start-up and scale-up of eco-inclusive enterprises which adopt closed-loop business models by promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships in our collaborative Ecosystem Building activities. Our programmes facilitate the co-creation of policy and financing solutions by leading experts to build the capacity and multiply the environmental, social and economic impacts of these enterprises.

Meet innovators of closed-loop business models

From waste reduction to collection, recycling and upcycling, SEED-supported enterprises have innovated new closed-loop waste management systems to generate products and services that are attractive to consumers, inclusive of local suppliers and distributors, and resource efficient. These enterprises launch sustainable products and services and prove that inclusive economic development is possible within our ecological boundaries.


Find out about upcoming SEED events and workshops which drive the Circular Economy transition.

SEED Library

In the SEED Library you can read our news, blog and publications about how small and growing eco-inclusive enterprises are leading the Circular Economy transition through their innovative products and services.

Support the Circular Economy transition

The success of the global transition to a Circular Economy depends on multi-stakeholder collaboration that involves and promotes smaller enterprises at the base of our global economy and on the frontline of waste management. Support eco-inclusive entrepreneurship with us as we facilitate the design of financing and capacity-building instruments that include small and growing enterprises in markets and provide these enterprises with platforms to be heard during high-level discussions.

Amar Munnolimath

SEED Circular Economy Specialist

Our SEED Circular Economy Specialist is available to discuss collaboration opportunities, receive comments or respond to questions.